BEFORE: Active mining at Collinsville open cut.
BEFORE: Active mining at Collinsville open cut.

Oldest operating mine in Qld achieves rehabilitation

THE Collinsville open cut operation has achieved government sign-off for its progressive rehabilitation of mined land.

Collinsville was notified that 99 hectares of rehabilitation over a previous mining area known as Belmore had successfully met all criteria the Environment Department needed for certification.

It is the fifth Glencore mine to get this tick of approval, following certification of rehabilitation at Glencore's Newlands (2017) and Rolleston (2018 and 2019) mines in Queensland, along with Westside (2020) and Ulan (2020) in NSW.

The Belmore site was mined using open cut methods between 2000 and 2003.

The working pit was completely backfilled following the end of mining and rehabilitation of the area was completed in 2003 to 2004.

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AFTER: The rehabilitated Belmore site.
AFTER: The rehabilitated Belmore site.

Since 2007, Belmore has been used for grazing cattle by a private landholder from a neighbouring property while rehabilitation monitoring of the area continued.

Two other mine voids have now been completely backfilled in recent years at Collinsville, the oldest operating mine in Queensland.

The site has also rehabilitated more land between 2012 and 2019 than it disturbed for mining.

"As we do at all Glencore operations, Collinsville has maintained a strong focus on integrating rehabilitation into annual life-of-mine planning and closure planning processes," operations manager Phil Nobes said.

"As a result we are achieving some significant outcomes in rehabilitating a mine that has been operating for 100 years and government sign-off on the Belmore area recognises this."

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